#EastVanLove: The Story of a Little #Hashtag
What Are They Talking About?
The hashtag is a powerful binding agent; it leads to conversation, understanding, and discovery. In the case of #EastVanLove, the happenstance of a hashtag among people in multiple communities along Main St, the Drive, and onwards started a tweetup in February 2011. Fast-forward eight tweetups later, our most recent event, #EastVanLove 8: Journey to Now brought together two hundred people for a night of community learning, sharing, and narrative. How does our online collectivity bring voices together?
Who Is Mike Despotovic?
Mike Despotovic is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of This is Vancity, an online source for local creative happenings in Vancouver. He joined the East of Main Collective in 2012 and has co-produced over half of the #EastVanLove tweetups to date. Mike is part-writer, part-publisher and uses his online publication to feature and connect the many great people, places, and products that contribute to the creative economy of Vancouver. His collaborations reach across multiple media and organizations such as Behance, SFU, and many local non-profits and community organizations.
Who Is Kimie Ong?
Kimie Ong is passionate about collaborative communities built through creativity and digital engagement. As a Project Manager for EastVanLove since 2010 and a Graphic Designer for KONG, she loves using design and social media to bring people together into more connected communities.